THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL...
Tue., Jan. 8 — 7 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, AK
Alaska Fairbanks (3-7, 0-4 GNAC) at #14 Alaska Anchorage (11-1, 3-1 GNAC)
Thur., Jan. 10 — 7 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, AK
Montana State Billings (6-4, 2-2 GNAC) at #14 Alaska Anchorage
LIVE VIDEO & STATS: Both games at gnac.tv or portal.stretchinternet.com/uaa
SOCIAL MEDIA: Check the @UAAWBB Twitter feed for in-game updates & final scores.
PROBABLE UAA STARTERS (2018-19 stats)
G—Sydni Stallworth, 5-3, Sr. (8.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.3 spg, .364 3FG, .756 FT)
G—Tara Thompson, 5-7, Sr. (9.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, .436 FG, .422 3FG)
G—Kian McNair, 5-5, Sr. (9.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 3.3 spg, .468 FG, .653 FT)
F—Hannah Wandersee, 6-1, Sr. (12.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 bpg, .463 FG, .923 FT)
F—Sala Langi, 5-9, So. (6.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, .441 FG, .786 FT)
SCOUTING REPORT: Alaska Fairbanks has lost seven straight after getting off to a 3-0 start ... the Nanooks, who have lost 26 GNAC contests in a row, are led statistically by 5-11 Sr. F Marian Wamsley (13.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, .594 FG, .697 FT) and 5-8 Jr. G Kylie Wallace (11.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, .684 FT) ... defending GNAC Tournament and West Region champion Montana State Billings evened its league record with home wins over Saint Martin’s and Seattle Pacific last week, snapping a string of three losses in its previous four outings ... the Yellowjackets are led by 5-5 So. G Hannah Collins (15.1 ppg, 4.2 apg, .405 3FG, .854 FT) and 5-11 Jr. F Taylor Cunningham (13.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, .451 FG, .762 FT).
ALL-TIME vs UAF: UAA leads 68-30 overall, 42-6 in Anchorage
Last: UAA 63-46 (1/30/18 at UAA) / Streak: UAA 22
Notes: UAA’s current win streak is the longest in the series and the Seawolves’ 2nd-longest against any program, trailing only the current 29-game streak vs. Western Oregon … UAF’s last win was an 85-83 overtime decision, Jan. 27, 2007 in Fairbanks … the Seawolves have won 13 straight in Anchorage ... UAA has won 21 of the last 22 meetings by double digits and the last 10 home games by at least 17 points ... UAA leads 27-7 in GNAC meetings (since 2001-02) and 12-0 under Ryan McCarthy … teams have played at least twice per season since 1979-80.
ALL-TIME vs MSUB: UAA leads 34-27 overall, 19-11 in Anchorage
Last: MSUB 71-70 (3/12/18 at Azusa, CA) / Streak: MSUB 1
Notes: UAA has won 21 of 24 overall meetings since MSUB joined the GNAC in 2007-08 ... teams have met eight times over the past three seasons, including MSUB’s upset of UAA the 2018 NCAA West Regional title game last year in Azusa, Calif. ... UAA has won 11 straight at home, including a 73-63 decision on Feb. 1 last season ... UAA leads 20-2 in GNAC regular-season meetings and 11-3 under Ryan McCarthy ... MSUB is UAA’s 3rd-most common opponent (behind UAF and Seattle Pacific), despite the teams splitting into different leagues from 2002-07 … teams played twice yearly from 1984-85 to 2000-01 as members of the Pacific West and Continental Divide conferences.
CLAN, VIKINGS VANQUISHED: The Seawolves used a pair of impressive defensive efforts to run their GNAC regular-season home winning streak to 22 with victories over perenial contenders Simon Fraser (70-55) and Western Washington (68-50) last week at the Alaska Airlines Center ... on Thursday, Jr. G Safiyyah Yasin poured in a career-high 20 points (8-13 FG and Sr. G Tara Thompson tallied 14 points (5-10 FG, 3-7 3FG) to help erase an early 3rd-quarter deficit against SFU ... Sr. G Kian McNair added a record-setting performance with 9 steals – tying the UAA record for most against a Div. II opponent – and a career- and UAA season-high 8 assists as the Seawolves had a season bests of 20 steals and 34 turnovers forced ... on Saturday, Sr. C Hannah Wandersee posted 17 points (6-11 FG, 5-5 FT), 7 rebounds and 4 blocks as the Seawolves beat the Vikings for the seventh straight time, outscoring the visitors 15-2 over the final 8 minutes ... Yasin was big again off the bench with 16 points (5-12 FG, 3-4 3FG, 3-5 FT), a career-high 5 steals and no turnovers, while Sr. G Sydni Stallworth had 10 points (3-6 FG) and 3 steals ... the Seawolves turned 13 offensive rebounds into an 18-2 edge in second-chance points, getting 7 rebounds (3 offensive), 5 assists and no turnovers from So. F Sala Langi.
WINNING WAYS: At 135-13 (.912), the Seawolves have the second-most victories and second-best winning percentage in NCAA Div. II since 2014-15, trailing only Ashland (141-13, .916) ... UAA is a combined 82-7 – including 37-4 on the road – in GNAC regular-season and tournament games over the last five seasons ... the Seawovles have won 22 consecutive GNAC regular-season home contests, posting perfect 10-0 marks the last two seasons ... UAA has gone a combined 174-16 (.916) in the last 12 seasons on its home courts, including 65-6 (.915) at the Alaska Airlines Center since 2014-15 ... the Seawolves have won 49 of their last 50 regular-season games against Div. II non-conference opponents ... the Seawolves are aiming for the program’s 13th consecutive winning season and their 12th NCAA Tournament berth in 13 years ... UAA joined Seattle Pacific last year as the only programs to win at least a share of four straight GNAC regular-season titles ... the Seawolves have won five of the eight GNAC Tournament titles since the event started in 2011 ... the Seawolves have won at least 25 games for a program-record four straight seasons.
NIFTY NUMBERS: UAA leads the GNAC stats in scoring defense (57.2 ppg) and steals per game (13.4), while ranking second in scoring margin (+15.3), rebounding defense (32.6), turnover margin (+6.2) and assists per game (17.4) ... in the NCAA Div. II national stats, the Seawolves hold top-35 ranks in steals per game (6th), assists per game (15th), scoring margin (27th), turnover margin (21st), turnovers forced per game (13th, 22.6) and scoring defense (32nd, 57.2).
WONDERFUL WANDERSEE: The 2018-19 GNAC Preseason Player of the Year and a unanimous All-GNAC selection last year, Sr. C Hannah Wandersee is off to a solid start, capturing all-tournament honors at the Gator Invitational and Seawolf Hoops Classic, MVP honors at the DII Coast to Coast Classic, and GNAC Player of the Week for Nov. 19-25 ... UAA’s leading scorer and rebounder thus far, she is 4th in blocks (1.4 bpg), 12th in scoring (12.8 ppg), 13th in rebounding (6.3) and 19th in FG% (.463) in the GNAC stats ... the Kodiak product has seven career 20-plus scoring efforts and owns UAA career top-20 marks in scoring (17th, 1,009 points), FT% (3rd, .824), (FG%, 6th, .516), blocks (6th, 101), blocks per game (7th, 0.88), field goals made (16th, 406), free throws made (20th, 181), games played (10th, 113) and victories (6th, 102).
GOO A NO-GO: A unanimous Preseason All-GNAC selection, Jr. PG Yazmeen Goo was off to a terrific start before suffering a hand injury against Cal State East Bay, which is expected to sideline her until some time this month ... an Honorable Mention All-GNAC pick last year, Goo has tallied double figures in 13 of her the last 27 games ... the Bay Area native earned all-tournament honors at the Seawolf Hoops Classic, the Great Alaska Shootout and the NCAA West Regional Championships last year, and she opened 2018-19 with MVP honors at the Gator Invitational ... last year, Goo led the GNAC in steals per game (2.9 spg, 19th nationally) and assist-turnover ratio (2.1, 28th nationally), and ranked 5th in assists per game (4.3) ... on UAA’s career lists, she already stands 6th in assists per game (4.1), 10th in assists (258), 12th in steals per game (2.4) and 12th in steals (151), needing just seven more swipes to reach the top 10.
BEWARE OF T.N.T.: Whether it’s her deadeye three-point stroke or her solid all-around game, Sr. G Tara (N.) Thompson has been one of the most effective contributors to UAA’s run of success, ranking 7th in program history with 102 victories ... one of two remaining active players from UAA’s 2016 NCAA Runner-Up squad, Thompson ranks 7th in the GNAC and 40th nationally in 3FG% (.422), along with other league ranks of 6th in 3FGs per game (2.3) and 10th in assist-turnover ratio (2.1) ... with a .397 career 3FG%, Thompson ranks 6th in UAA history and top 15 in GNAC history, while her 190 total 3FGs are 4th on the all-time Seawolf list and just one shy of the No. 3 spot.
KIAN & SYD STEPPIN’ UP: After learning the system as transfers last year, Sr. G Kian McNair (Portland State) and Sr. G Sydni Stallworth (2-time 1st Team NJCAA All-American at Pima CC) are making major impacts in their final season ... a starter in 37 of 42 career games, McNair leads the GNAC and is 13th nationally with 3.3 steals per game, coming off a record-setting 9-steal game against Simon Fraser ... McNair also ranks 11th in assists per game (3.7) and 18th in FG% (.468) in the GNAC ... she earned Most Outstanding Player honors in the Seawolf Hoops Classic with two-game numbers of 22 points (9-16 FG), 9 assists and 7 steals against CSU East Bay and CSU Dominguez Hills, and she was named all-tourney at the DII Hoops Classic ... meanwhile, Stallworth has provided a big lift both off the bench and as starting point guard in place of Goo, posting career-highs of 23 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals to pace the win over Dominguez Hills ... the Tucson, Ariz., native is in the top 20 in the GNAC stats at 10th in assists per game (3.8), 11th in A/T ratio (2.0), 4th in steals per game (2.3) and 20th in FT% (.756) and 3FG% (.364).
’WOLF BITES: So. F Sala Langi has stepped into a starter’s role this season, delivering 6.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game ... with at least five assists in three games this season, Langi has shown equal proficiency as a scorer, passer and rebounder ... one of five Bay Area natives on the roster, Langi has increased her rebounding proficiency over the last four games with seven against WWU, eight against Hawaii Hilo and a career-high 10 against Holy Names ... So. F/C Tennae Voliva is also filling a larger role in her second season, accounting for at least four points in seven of 12 games and at least three rebounds in nine contests ... the Seawolves have added another scoring threat with Jr. G Safiyyah Yasin, who redshirted in 2017-18 after transfering from Diablo Valley (Calif.) College ... prior to her breakout performances against SFU and WWU last week, Yasin led UAA with 16 points in her debut against Holy Names, and she delivered a clutch 12 points and 4 rebounds to help fend off Hawaii Pacific ... in the GNAC stats, Yasin ranks 8th in steals per game (1.9), 14th in FT% (.789) and 18th in 3FG% (.375) ... UAA got another boost recently with the addition of So. F Cameron Fernandez to the lineup on Dec. 18, following a preseason injury ... the first Seawolf transfer ever from a Pac-12 Conference program, the former Washington State Cougar debuted in Green & Gold with 9 points against Holy Names and a team-high 13 points against Hawaii Hilo, doing all of her damagae in just 32 combined minutes.
McCARTHY IN CHARGE: Now in his seventh season at UAA, Ryan McCarthy has led the Seawolf program to unprecedented heights, capturing four straight GNAC regular-season tournament titles, five straight NCAA Tournament berths, and ascending as high as No. 1 or No. 2 in the national rankings every season since 2014-15 ... last year, McCarthy earned his second consecutive GNAC Coach of the Year honor and third in the last four seasons, while his three-year reign as WBCA NCAA Div. II West Region Coach of the Year came to an end ... in 2016-17, the Anchorage native led UAA to its third straight top-2 regional seed and its second straight 30-win season (30-2), while recording the first 20-0 league record in GNAC history ... the previous season, McCarthy’s crew set an NCAA Div. II record with 38 victories, advancing all the way to the 2016 National Title Game in Indianapolis ... his 2014-15 club claimed what was then the best winning percentage in program history with a 29-2 (.935) mark, sweeping both GNAC titles as well ... McCarthy led UAA to an improvement in overall wins (17, 19, 29, 38) his first four seasons and increased the Seawolves’ GNAC victory total in each of his first five campaigns (11, 12, 17, 18, 20) … playing its up-tempo ‘Mayhem’ style, McCarthy’s crews led the nation in steals per game for four straight seasons (2013-14 to 2016-17) ... McCarthy sports head-coaching records of 171-32 (.842) in seven-plus seasons at UAA and 185-45 (.804) in eight-plus seasons overall, having served in an interim capacity at Northwest Nazarene in 2011-12 … McCarthy is assisted by 7th-year associate head coach Shaina Afoa, who was voted by her peers as the 2017-18 WBCA NCAA Div. II National Assistant Coach of the Year, 1st-year assistant and former Seawolf standout Sierra Afoa, and 5th-year volunteer assistant Patrick Flanigin.
2018-19 SEAWOLF INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Preseason All-GNAC Team (unanimous)
Gator Invitational MVP
Seawolf Hoops Classic Most Outstanding Player
D-II Coast to Coast Classic All-Tournament Team
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team
D-II Coast to Coast Classic All-Tournament Team
Preseason All-GNAC Team (unanimous)
GNAC Preseason Player of the Year
Gator Invitational All-Tournament Team
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team
D-II Coast to Coast Classic Most Outstanding Player
GNAC Player of the Week, Nov. 19-25